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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was a law that passed in Sept. of 2003. Within the law it defined that a National Prison Rape Elimination Committee needed to be formed. One of the tasks assigned to this committee was to draft a series of standards that would be adopted nationally throughout the US Dept. of Corrections (DOC). The Committee finished their draft in 2009—nearly six years after PREA was passed. This draft was turned over to the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) who passed the final standards. These standards were released in May 2012, to be effective August 20th, 2012.

The following are types of correctional facilities which receive federal funding for PREA Standards:


  • federal prisons

  • state prisons

  • local jails

  • community corrections

  • lock ups

  • juvenile detention centers

Each facility must investigate every claim of sexual assault or harassment, they must file a PREA/Incident Report, they must offer to transport an inmate to a medical facility, if needed, they must offer an inmate the option to speak to a victim advocate, if desired, and if they feel comfortable speaking to the law enforcement officer(s) that will investigate the claim.

Transitions of Pa provides services to the following facilities:


SCI Coal Township

Website: SCI Coal Township (

PREA Policy:  008 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).pdf (


FCI Allenwood (All Levels)

Website: USP Allenwood (

PREA Policy: alp_prea.pdf (


USP Lewisburg

Website: USP Lewisburg (

PREA Policy: lew_prea.pdf (

Once a PREA program referral is received from a facility, our services include:

  • SANE EXAM Accompaniment

  • Initial Counseling

  • Ongoing counseling support

  • Access to our 24/7/365 Hotline


Note: We are not able to provide legal assistance during counseling or hotline connections.


Online resources:

For more information about PREA-

National PREA Resource Center

Homepage | PREA (

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